Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Kevin P. Browne MSN, RN, CCRN, has been a nurse for 31 years. A member of the Executive Nursing Leadership Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York City, Kevin is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for the integration of practice, quality and education for 3000 + Registered Nurses. Previous to this position, Kevin was the Director, Critical Care and Pediatric Nursing Services at MSK; Nurse Leader, Cardiac Surgical Services at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC); Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist at MMC; Critical Care Educator at New York Hospital (NYH); and Staff Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgical Recovery NYH.
Kevin achieved a BS with a major in Nursing from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center School of Nursing in 1987 and an MS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing in 1992. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at St. Peter’s University. Kevin is certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Kevin resides in Brooklyn with his 2 children.
Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
Tina Magers has over 36 years of experience as an RN in roles ranging from a critical care nurse to nursing instructor. The last seventeen years Tina has worked in nursing professional development in a community based acute care hospital in a variety of roles. She currently is board certified in nursing professional development, has a graduate certificate in evidence-based practice, and holds a doctorate in nursing education and administration. She enjoys her roles at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS, as the Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator and delights in opportunities to mentor others in evidence-based practice. She leads and coordinates the journey to excellence for Magnet® designation at her hospital. Tina led their journey to success in 2017 as the first hospital in Mississippi to achieve this recognition and she was recognized as the Nurse of Year in her organization.
Professional Development Nurse Specialist
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Opperman has worked in professional development for 30 years and held faculty positions for over 20 years. She is the EBP Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she teaches and mentors others on the EBP process. She has mentored and been part of the CTEP and now the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare immersion team since the beginning.
Administrator HS Nursing Quality/Research/Education/EBP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
As Administrator for Health System Nursing at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dr. Buck has oversight for nursing quality, research, EBP and nursing education, across 5 hospitals in the health system. As the Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospital and the Department of Medical Surgical and Women and Infants, Dr. Buck has oversight for the nursing practice and clinical operations for the departments. Her clinical background resides in Maternal–Child Health and Nursing Administration, where she has served in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, assistant professor, director of nursing, to nursing administrator in various medical settings. Recently, Dr. Buck was the director of nursing for the women and infants department. In this role, she successfully implemented family center maternity care in the department and led her team to successful Ohio Department of Health Maternity Licensure surveys. Prior to this role, she served as director of nursing for the clinical research center (CRC), where she led the nursing team that provided nursing support to researchers for study implementation and data collection. In her current role, Dr. Buck leads an innovative, professional team of medical surgical and women and infants nursing. In her health system role, she collaborates with nurse leaders across the medical center to monitor, maintain and continuously improve nurse sensitive quality indicators (NDNQI), promote nursing research and EPB, and provide optimal educational opportunities for staff. She has experience in leading research and nursing evidence based practice solutions across the health system. Dr. Buck is a member of ANA, AONE, CGEAN, OONE and Sigma Theta Tau International: Epsilon Chapter.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus, OH
Dr. Kathleen Williamson PhD, MSN, RN, is the Academic Dean at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Williamson is the Chief Academic Officer of the College. Her primary responsibilities are for the overall leadership of academic programming, including student academic support, student life, and developing innovative academic programming. She provides oversight and guidance to direct and facilitate a culture that encourages student and faculty engagement that breaks down educational silos. She is resourceful in finding inventive ways to integrate technology and evidence-based practice (EBP) with healthcare professionals and educators through community partnerships, workshops, and coursework. She is enthusiastic, creative, energetic, and passionate about teaching and researching topics such as technology in nursing education and the integration of EBP in academic and clinical settings. Dr. Williamson continues to work with a variety of healthcare disciplines in incorporating the best evidence in order to influence health policy, improve patient outcomes, and disseminate evidence to advance the practice across all healthcare settings.
Clinical Policy Oversight Manager
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
Kathleen is the Clinical Policy Oversight Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been a Pediatric Nurse for over 30 years and is passionate about ensuring that all frontline staff have access to evidence based policies and procedures. When policies and procedures are easy to find, easy to read and easy to follow, patients get the best possible care.
Director of Nursing EBP
Memorial Sloan Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nancy G. Houlihan is the Director of Nursing, EBP at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. She has been a certified oncology nurse for over thirty years, with particular expertise in evidence-based management of cancer treatment and disease-related side effects and care of cancer survivors. In her current role she has partnered with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in implementation of an extensive program at MSK to ensure the delivery of evidence based care across the organization. Ms Houlihan has lectured internationally and published extensively about the evidence-based care standards for people with cancer and organizational system design for best practices in care of survivors.
Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Amanda Shrout, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN is an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist currently covering the ED, ICU and Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Amanda is certified as an Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Emergency Nursing. Amanda has over 10 years of nursing experience ranging from a bedside clinician to nursing administration. She is passionate about spreading evidence-based practice across health systems and has worked with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare since 2015.
Director of Health System Nursing Quality and EBP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ruth Labardee is the Director of Health System Nursing Quality and Evidence-Based Practice at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her professional background includes nursing policy development, nursing education and maternal newborn nursing. Ruth is committed to ensuring that “the evidence” is considered whenever nursing practice decisions are made.
Associate Professor in the College of Nursing
Sacred Heart University, CT
Kerry Milner, DNSc, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut where she teaches evidence-based practice in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Her area of expertise is cardiovascular critical care and evidence-based practice/quality improvement processes. She has published her results from numerous research studies and EBP-QI in nursing and other healthcare journals.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Wendy Bowles serves in the role of the Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs at The Ohio State University. She has embraced evidence-based practice since her early days as a nurse over twenty years ago and subsequently as a nurse practitioner. She began her journey in nursing education in 2005 and realized the importance of educating future nurses for current practice environments relying on the most current evidence for decision making. She is committed to advancing the science of evidence-based pedagogies of teaching and learning in nursing education. Her research includes work with alternative pedagogies, curricular development, and student engagement. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally in the form of podium and poster presentations and engages on a regular basis with the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice to assist educators and practitioners through learning the evidence-based practice process.
Associate Director Nursing Education & EBP
The Ohio State University James Cancer Center & Wexner Medical Center
Colleen O’Leary has over 25 years of oncology nursing experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for her BSN and Loyola University Chicago for her MSN. She has been certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Trained as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, her current position is Associate Director of Nursing Education for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and Associate Director of Evidence –Based Practice for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is widely published and has presented on a variety of oncology nursing and evidence-based practice topics locally, nationally and internationally.
Director Professional Development
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Dr. Nancy Powell is the Director of Professional Development at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, a member of Geisinger, located in Southern New Jersey. Dr. Powell ‘s 40 plus years of nursing experience include nurse midwifery, nursing education, and professional development. In her role, she strives to infuse, support, and sustain a culture of EBP through mentoring staff to increase their EBP knowledge and skills to improve outcomes.